Indian weddings

India is known for its rich culture and Traditional Indian WeddingsIndian marriages are associated with lots of customs and traditions.The country is known for its unity as for its diversity and this variety is implicit in the Indian wedding traditions here.They are multi-day affair and involve many intricate ceremonies such as putting Mehendi on hands and foot of the bride.All the guests in the marriages are presented with garlands in the guest of honour instead of corsages. Also flowers and rose petals are thrown as a symbol of good luck.

During all the ceremonies in Indian marriages music plays an important role.The wedding is basically divided into three parts: pre-wedding jago or mehndi night,main wedding,and post wedding.On the day of pre wedding families of both bride and groom’s side meet each other and dance and have fun on Bollywood DJ songs and Bhangra music.Friends ,cousins and relatives of bride and groom celebrate the evening by performing on Hindi songs and by doing bhangra dance.

In Hindu and Sikh weddings, the Groom leads to the marriage venue in a procession known as the Baraat. In Sikh weddings the Groom arrives wearing a Sahara and Saafa while carrying a Kirpan All the  family members, groomsmen, and friends accompany him who are  known as baraatis.

Groom makes use of a Ghodi, or white wedding horse, as transport to the Asian wedding venue,call us for a quote .Family members adorn the Ghodi (wedding horse)with embellishments to match the groom as everyone’s  eyes are on the two as they make their way through the procession.

These days Groom enters in an extravagant car, decorated similarly to the traditionally horse.

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When the groom reaches the venue, female relatives of the Bride’s family greet the Groom and his family. They apply tilak i.e. sacred red color mixed with water to his forehead and perform aarti to ward off evil eye. After this he continues onward to the Milna Ceremony where he greets the Bride’s male relatives.

In the Baraat ,music sets the mood for the rest of the marriage event, with upbeat and some exciting songs blasting as the Groom makes his way through the procession. Most Indian wedding DJ’s have a portable sound system as well as a Dhol player. Modern Hindu weddings showcase a fusion of Hip Hop and Bhangra mixing the resounding beats of  Raw Echoes Indian wedding DJs with the Dhol for excitement.

When all this happens many times, the bride is secretly watching all these activities. The Bride is not included in the Baraat because it is solely to welcome the Groom and his family to the marriage venue. She joins him for the Jaimala  where they exchange garlands to signify the start of their marriage rituals.

A Indian Pandit conducts prayers and wedding ceremony along with family members to bless the couple with a happy married life. The wedding stage i.e. mandap is built on the day of marriage and the groom is welcomed by his future mother-in-law where  his sister-in-law will try to steal his shoes and if she succeeds, the the groom has to  pay her to get them back.Indian Hindu wedding ceremony music is played during the prayers & formalities taking place.

An Indian groom mostly wears a turban with a veil of flowers to protect him from evil spirits. During the ceremony bride’s saree is tied to the groom’s scarf to symbolize the union of the souls. Also sometimes a cord is tied around the couple’s necks to protect them from evil and they are typically tied by elders of the bride and groom. In the wedding prayers  Mangala Sutra is tied around the bride’s neck instead of exchanging rings .It symbolizing  the bonding of the two souls for 100 years. One of the fun ceremonies is called mangal pheras. This is when the bride and groom circles the sacred fire four times to represent dharma, artha, kama, and moksha and they run to the seats ,whoever gets there first will rule the household.

In Saptapadi, the groom helps the bride to touch seven betel nuts with her right toe when they recite seven vows. Seven married women from the bride’s side whispers blessings in the right ear of the bride’s. After the wedding, the bride is carried out by her brothers. The bride leaves for the groom’s home where her mother-in-law has places a vessel filled with rice at the entrance door of the home. The bride spills the rice by touching it with her right foot to signify wealth and also that the bride accepts her new responsibilities. One of the  fun game for the newlyweds is called Aeki Beki where a tray of water is mixed with milk and sindoor (vermillion) and it is filled with coins and a ring. Whoever will find the ring four out of seven times will rule the household. The day is finally concluded with prayers to God requesting happiness and love for the newlyweds.